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Mogumber

This small country town is located on the Bindoon - Moora Road and is approximately 128 km north of Perth. The town is situated on the Moore River East within the Shire of Victoria Plains. The townsite is quite attractive and contains an hotel, a few public buildings and houses. The locality is perhaps infamous for the dubious historical Native Settlement Camp, later known as the Methodist Mission. The origin of the name Mogumber is unknown


 
 
   
 
 

Mogumber - Tavern

On the Bindoon - Moora Road sits the townsite of Mogumber as does the Mogumber Tavern. This was built in 1892, the same year the railway line arrived in town. July 2012. Photos Ref: MGBR001

 

Mogumber - Tavern

A look along the front verandah of the Mogumber Tavern. Those easy chairs look like a good spot to while away an afternoon. July 2012. Photos Ref: MGBR002

 

Mogumber - Old Post Office Building

Slightly north of the hotel is this old stone building which has been abandoned. This is now known as The Old Stone House. It was constructed in 1899 by James Atkinson who was then also in charge of the hotel. This building functioned as the town's post office and store. July 2012. Photos Ref: MGBR003

 

Mogumber - Main Street

A view down the main street, the Bindoon - Moora Road, looking south. On the left you can the abandoned stone building and beyond that is the tavern. Off to the right is the railway line and wheat bins. July 2012. Photos Ref: MGBR004

 

Mogumber - Post Office and Library

Off the main road, turn right at the north end of town up Government Road, to a small park, and here is the town water supply, and the post office and library building. The building was part of the old school. The other part of the school was moved to Gillingarra post-closure. This school opened in 1961 and was attended by children from nearby farms but the majority of children came from the Mogumber Mission. July 2012. Photos Ref: MGBR005

 

Mogumber - Houses

A few houses on Butler Street, a road which runs east of and parallel to the main road. July 2012. Photos Ref: MGBR006

 

Mogumber - Horses

The horses were very friendly today and I promised them I'd include their picture. Nice view across green fields up to the low hills in the background. July 2012. Photos Ref: MGBR007

 

Mogumber - Hall

The Mogumber Hall is just beyond the townsite to the north and sits alongside the sports ground. The hall opened in 1959. July 2012. Photos Ref: MGBR008

 

Mogumber - Mission

Mogumber Farm, the location of the Mogumber Mission, approximately 12 kms west of town. There seems no evidence of any buildings now, perhaps all demolished. Slightly to the west of here is the Mission Aboriginal cemetery, a rather forlorn place with simply-marked, unnamed graves and a remembrance wall commemorating all those who passed away here. Far too many names considering the relatively short time the mission operated. September 2013. Photos Ref: MGBR009

 

Mogumber - Church

This church was located at the Mogumber Mission from 1937 to 1951. In 1951 the building was re-located to Wundowie and thence became known as the Anglican Church of St Simon & St Jude within the parish of Mundaring. The church is still there and in use in Wundowie. (many thanks to Fr. Ted Doncaster for this information). February 2011. Photos Ref: MGBR010

 

Mogumber - Rail Ballast

Down in the rail precinct, great piles of rail ballast partially eclipse the wheat handling facilities. July 2012. Photos Ref: MGBR011

 

Mogumber - Grain Facilities

As in all these town, the life-blood is grain handling. These bins would serve as storage and loading hoppers. July 2012. Photos Ref: MGBR012

 

Mogumber - Weighbridge

The Cooperative Bulk Handling weighbridge ensures correct weights on the amount of grain being shipped in from the surrounding farms. July 2012. Photos Ref: MGBR013

 

Mogumber - Cooperative Bulk Handling Building

This looks like the office of the local branch of Cooperative Bulk Handling. July 2012. Photos Ref: MGBR014

 

Mogumber - Railway Sign

The rail sign serves to remind rail crews of their location. July 2012. Photos Ref: MGBR015


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